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Law Enforcement Services/Criminal Investigations Pathway

Why Law Enforcement Services/Criminal Investigations?

Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security workers plan, manage and provide legal, public safety, protection services and homeland security including professional and technical support services. Occupations are numerous and represent multiple levels of education and skills. Occupations fall into major catagories based on common knowledge and skills: correction services such as correctional officers and jailers; emergency and fire management services such as fire fighters; security and protective services such as an information security IT specialists; law enforcement such as criminal investigators and special agents; and legal services such as a court reporters or lawyers.
Workers in the:

  • corrective pathway oversee individuals who have been arrested or who have been convicted and sentenced to serve time in jail, a penitentiary, or a reformatory;
  • emergency and fire management services involve working in potentially risky situations, protecting the public against fires and other dangers;
  • law enforcement services includes a variety of occupations involved in protecting the public, maintaining order, and enforcing laws;
  • legal services pathway involve ensuring the proper function of our nation's legal system;
  • security and protective service pathway protect property, people, and information.

Detectives and criminal investigators are plainclothes investigators who gather facts and collect evidence for criminal cases. They conduct interviews, examine records, observe the activities of suspects, and participate in raids or arrests. The Georgia jobs for detectives and criminal investigators will increase by 17% between 2008 and 2018. Occupations will include:

•    Criminal Investigator & Special Agent
•    Detective & Criminal Investigator
•    Police & Sheriff’s Patrol Officer
•    Forensic Science Technician
•    Sheriff & Deputy Sheriff
•    Immigration & Customs Inspector
•    911 Call Center

•    Secret Service Agent
•    CIA  & FBI Agent
•    Diplomatic Security
•    Animal Control
•    Homeland Security
•    K9 Officer

Numerous job openings will stem from employment growth attributable to the desire for increased corporate, industrial and homeland security. Also, a more security-conscious society and concern about drug-related crimes should contribute to the increasing demand.

Criminal Investigations CS

Law Enforcement Services/Criminal Investigations Course Schedule

Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections and Security – 2 semesters.
Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security (LPSCS) is the first course in the pathway. This course provides students with career-focused educational opportunities in various LPSCS fields. It examines the basic concepts of law related to citizens’ rights and the responsibilities, and students will receive instruction in critical skill areas including: communicating with diverse groups, conflict resolution, ethics, CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Training, or similar program), basic firefighting, report writing, terrorism, civil and criminal law.

Criminal Justice Essentials – 2 semesters. 
Prequisite: Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Criminal Justice Essentials is the second course in the pathway. In this course, students will become immersed in criminal and constitutional law, and will review basic law enforcement skills. The course ends with a mock trial to provide participants with a first-hand experience of the criminal justice system. The course has elements which cover tactics, methods, and skills utilized by law enforcement

Criminal Investigations – 2 semesters. 
Prequisite: Introduction to Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security & Criminal Justice Essentials
This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to explore the basic processes and principles of a criminal investigation. Students will learn the legal responsibilities and challenges of the patrol officer, investigator, and crime scene technician at a crime scene. Students will learn the importance of preserving and documenting the crime scene along with the identification, collection, and processing of evidence and the contribution to the criminal investigation. 

Post Secondary Institutions of Study

Post-Secondary Institutes to Study Criminal Investigations

•    Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
•    Albany State University
•    Armstrong Atlantic State University
•    Brown College of Court Reporting
•    Chattahoochee Technical College
•    Dalton State College
•    Darton College
•    Georgia College & State University
•    Georgia Southern University
•    Georgia State University
•    Kennesaw State University
•    Mercer University
•    Piedmont College
•    Reinhardt College
•    Shorter University
•    University of Georgia
•    University of North Georgia
•    Valdosta State University

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